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Colavita/Baci camping en route to San Dimas

The Colavita/Baci Women’s Cycling Team presented by Cooking Light opens training camp Friday in Borrego Springs, California, ahead of the team's 2010 debut at the San Dimas Stage Race March 19-21.

The Colavita/Baci Women’s Cycling Team presented by Cooking Light opens training camp Friday in Borrego Springs, California, ahead of the team’s 2010 debut at the San Dimas Stage Race March 19-21.

“We’re planning six days of intense training in San Diego’s Borrego Valley,” said co-Directeur Sportif Tina Pic.  “We will be looking forward to testing our legs in San Dimas.”

With then-team leader Pic in the saddle, the team slotted nine top ten finishes at San Dimas in 2009, including Pic’s second-place to Ina Yoko Teutenberg in the stage 3 criterium. Colavita/Baci will look to improve on that record and pull a stage win next week.

“Kelly Benjamin and Modesta Vzesniauskaite gave us a great preview at last weekend’s Merco Credit Union Classic,” said co-directeur Rachel Heal. “Kelly took third in the road race and Modesta finished both races in the top 10 so I’m confident we can expect even more podium finishes with the whole squad working together.”

Led by six-time national criterium champion Pic and former British Olympian Rachel Heal, the team includes U.S. and international champions representing all forms of road racing.

Colavita/Baci rosters for San Dimas Stage Race and Redlands Bicycle Classic:

Kate Bates (AUS)
Kelly Benjamin (USA)
Theresa Cliff-Ryan (USA)
Andrea Dvorak (USA)*
Shontell Gauthier (USA)
Heather Logan-Sprenger (CAN) Carmen Small (USA)
Modesta Vzesniauskaite (LTU)*

*San Dimas Stage Race only

Stay tuned to VeloNews.com for a training camp report from domestic racing beat reporter Brian Holcombe.